Reflexology is based on a theory similar to that of the hologram which says that each part (of anything) contains the whole. In the case of reflexology, the feet, hands and ears each represent the entire body and by working on specific areas or points, one can affect related areas of the body.
A treatment might consist of a general massage to ears, hands and/or the whole foot, using techniques of kneading, stretching, rotations, finger pressure and thumb-walking. Then, using some or all or these techniques, the practitioner concentrates on specific areas or points that are tender or sore which is an indication that the related organ, gland or body area is out of balance.
Reflexology can re-balance and assist the healing functions of the entire body and has been effective in treating such disorders as anxiety, insomnia, depression, nausea, constipation, hypertension and more.
What scientific research says about Reflexology?
“From Asia and Egypt to tribal communities of the Americas, we find the imprint of hand- and foot-work in historical accounts and archaeological treasures. Similarly, current methods of reflexology have come full circle in worldwide application and research.”
“The vast majority of studies comes from the medical realm… as with massage research, results point to the advantages of including reflexology in health-care to address symptoms in a variety of human conditions.”
“The ease with which reflexology can be applied in a medical environment—no equipment needed, no invasion of privacy—makes it a convenient alternative treatment…”
– “Reflexology Around the World”, by Shirley Vanderbilt,
Massage & Bodywork Magazine, Oct/Nov, 2008